Christine: Owner /ERYT-500 / CPT/ AHC/AYS
Why I do what I do. I love yoga and like most when I started I believed it was just an exercise routine and it twisted you up like a pretzel. As my learning and training evolved I soon began to realize it's a lifestyle, a lifestyle that I was drawn to, because I was slowly over time finding out who "I" really was. I began to drop all the "labels" and "assumptions" of what I "thought" my life should be and just started to live life to the fullest. Like George Harrison says/sings Try to realize it's all within yourself No one else can make you change And to see you're really only very small And life flows on within you and without you.
I earned my 200 hour certification right here in Buffalo at the Himalayan Institute on Delaware Ave. I continued my studies at the Himalayan Institutes ashram in Honesdale PA gaining my 500 hour certification. I Then continued with earning an Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist certification, 3 Wisdoms Tradition Wellness coach Certification,
I completed Yoga For All training and Warriors at Ease level one training, which is training to help bring yoga and meditation to military communities, working with PTSD, MST and making yoga adaptable for all injuries.
Growing up I was not an athletic child, I was the chunkiest snowflake in my one and ONLY year in ballet, never even finished my year in modern dance because I was not able to skip. I had zero grace, and zero coordination, which is a bummer because I never learned the rest of The Hustle".
So why on Gods green earth would I open a yoga studio. Thing is I never wanted to "run/own" a studio, all that time marketing, paying bills, hiring teachers dealing with all the "business stuff" really bores me, I always felt I could be using that time to help others, teach more, serve my community. But with the general perception people have of yoga I needed to do something, so Satya Yoga was born. I get a lot of flack because of the name, what does it mean, I can't pronounce it, I get that, But Satya means truth, truth in though, word and deed, and is one of the yamas (yamas are the first limb on the eightfold path of yoga). So My mission (one of them....) is in the name, everyday I teach what I know to be true.
To help guide people so they can discover their true inner radiance, is my top priority. I always ask the class before we start "what do you need today"? "How can I help/serve you"? And I mean it, class is about your needs its about you not me, not my agenda. I get excited when your back pain starts to go away, you don't get as many headaches, you are breathing better and don't need your asthma medicine as much, You have started to meditate and your anxiety and panic attacks are starting to diminish, YOU FEEL BETTER IN GENERAL, you fall in live with life again, you come back to your spiritual practice surrendering to your divine, and most of all YOU LOVE AND ACCEPT YOURSELF JUST THE WAY YOU ARE.
Yoga offers so much and can be so many thing to so many people, like I said before it's a lifestyle. Yoga doesn't care if you eat meat, drink, swear, are fat, skinny, what your skin color is, your religion, your gender, what you are wearing, you get the idea it's for everybody. It's kind of funny people have told me you don't "look" like a yoga teacher, it makes me giggle. I know what they mean, mainstream media has made yoga out to be this glamorous bendy, twisty practice that you do in $100 yoga pants and $98 tank tops. Hair always looks perfect and you face is made up like a movie star. Lets be real if your face has makeup all over it, it is going to run down your face after the third down dog..... Your hair....a mess after your first down dog. And then the big one. I am not a "skinny girl" and I'm in my later 40's! Life is not a Nike ad people, be who you are.
Anyone remember the PBS program, Lilias, Yoga and You. I tuned into Lilias each week, and developed an interest in continuing a yoga practice. Working, attending college and living on my own, I did not have money for a studio class. I found Lilias Fogan’s classes relaxing. Eventually, I bought other yoga DVDs (and yes, video tapes) to use more frequently. I started taking classes at the local exercise club and met yoga teachers. Then I found the Himalayan Institute in Buffalo, and fell in love with all aspects of yoga.
I took classes, attended seminars and eventually completed the 200 hour teacher training at HIB in 2012. A yoga teacher was born. Also, an avid practitioner came into existence: I love to take classes as much as I enjoy teaching them.
In 2016, I started taking a Yin yoga class and fell in love with the focused, mindful poses in a Yin practice. After attending two Yin intensive trainings, I created a Yin class based on those teachings and my deep love for Hatha yoga. This year, 2018, I completed the 500-hour teacher training at HIB.
For more than 30 years, I was a school teacher. Now, I teach yoga. It is a wonderful fit. In all my classes, I guide the participants to develop an awareness of their movements and sensitivity to what they might experience in their own practice. In my practice, I do not to judge if a pose is correct, but focus on the pose helping me become more stable, focused, flexible and strong. At times, I have doubts and apprehensions that hold me back. My personal yoga practice brings me back, helps me face my fears and accept my own limitations. I’ve learned to try things, to laugh, to fall and to get up again. For most of us, yoga is a work-in-progress. I encourage attempts, explorations and actions that make yoga worthwhile for everyone who comes to a practice. Together, we grow as a yoga community.
Christine 250hr. Yoga Therapist
My interest in yoga began in 2012 in an effort to alleviate some back pain and stress. I was a self-employed dentist and I had a family with a child who played travel hockey. Anyone who has a hockey child understands the implications of that sentence! When I wasn't working, I was driving to hockey games, or practices some of those drives being 45 mins or more, then sitting in a frigid ice rink. None of it great therapy for back pain! I decided to try some DVD's at home which I did, but felt like I needed more. My interest was truly sparked after taking a few classes at a studio. The classes were very challenging and took place in a very hot room. I felt completely wrung out afterwards! "This is fantastic!" I thought. What I didn't understand then was that I was already wrung out from my lifestyle both physically and mentally and I needed to rejuvenate and restore. I stuck with that type of practice for a few years and then in 2014 had to have a spinal fusion done on my lumbar spine. As a result, it was in my best interest to sell my practice as neither the posture nor the stress were
conducive to my healing. This decision brought about an onslaught of emotions, mostly anxiety & depression. Also, the reality that my body was now different and in my mind broken, contributed to those feelings. I knew that I had to practice a different way and attempted to begin meditating just to help get me out of bed each day. Practicing a more gentle type of yoga at Satya and being able to sit still for at least 3-5 minutes a day to meditate were both a HUGE deal for me. After noticing the changes that were beginning to take shape in my mood, my body, and my heart, I chose to seek out a career in Yoga Therapy. I thought, these practices have helped me so much in my struggle to be well, and happy and accepting of my current situation, I really want to share this with other people who are also struggling or suffering. Thankfully, I was able to find a wonderful program online so I didn't have to move away from my family and I was able to successfully complete the Foundations program in Yoga Therapy. This affords me the ability to work one on one with individuals suffering from a variety of physical, mental, and emotional issues. While I still teach in a dental capacity, Yoga Therapy has become my passion and I truly enjoy sharing these gifts with others who need them. I continue to educate myself on deeper levels in the practices of therapeutics as well as teaching gentle yoga here at Satya Yoga and downtown for military veterans. While I try to focus on a solid home practice I do love coming to this studio and practicing with these gifted, knowledgeable yoga teachers. I am enjoying continuing to expand my knowledge and experience in this very much needed discipline of yoga and look forward to practicing well into old(er) age!